Ryan brings curtain down on inter county career

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After lining out 95 times in the green, white and gold between hurling and football and league and championship, Birr’s Sean Ryan has called time on his Offaly career.

12 years of service has come to an end from the man who played championship in both codes and played at the highest level.

What began in 2006 has come to an end with his last game for the county coming earlier this year as Dublin beat Offaly and sent them out of the Leinster championship for 2019.

Ryan was an immense figure in Offaly circles. Widely respected and lauded for his determination and commitment, the Birr man was also a skilful asset to both codes over the years.

He made his debut back in 2006 when coming on for the footballers in their league defeat to Cork while he made his championship debut that same year when coming on in the footballers defeat to Laois.

His last appearance on the football front came in the 2011 championship in a defeat at the hands of Limerick.

On the hurling front, Ryan made his debut in 2007, starting in midfield against Tipperary in the championship. He concentrated on the football in the following years before making a return to hurling circles in 2012.

His retirement comes as a blow to Kevin Martin and the current senior hurling setup but he owes his county nothing after a sterling amount of service.

Ryan will continue to play for his club, Birr and he will be doing so under a new manager with club legend Barry Whelahan confirmed as the new man at the helm for 2019, taking over from Gerry Spellman.

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